10th Critics' Choice Awards
The 10th Critics' Choice Awards were presented on January 10, 2005, honoring the finest achievements of 2004 filmmaking. The Aviator Collateral Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind Finding Neverland Hotel Rwanda Kinsey Million Dollar Baby The Phantom of the Opera Ray Sideways Jamie Foxx – Ray Javier Bardem – The Sea Inside Don Cheadle – Hotel Rwanda Johnny Depp – Finding Neverland Leonardo DiCaprio – The Aviator Paul Giamatti – Sideways Hilary Swank – Million Dollar Baby Annette Bening – Being Julia Catalina Sandino Moreno – Maria Full of Grace Imelda Staunton – Vera Drake Uma Thurman – Kill Bill: Volume 2 Kate Winslet – Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind The Incredibles The Polar Express Shrek 2 Sideways Closer The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou Ocean's Twelve Howard Shore – The Aviator Michael Giacchino – The Incredibles Rolfe Kent – Sideways Martin Scorsese – The Aviator Clint Eastwood – Million Dollar Baby Marc Forster – Finding Neverland Taylor Hackford – Ray Alexander Payne – Sideways Fahrenheit 9/11 Finding Neverland Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events Miracle Spider-Man 2 The Sea Inside • Spain House of Flying Daggers • China Maria Full of Grace • Colombia The Motorcycle Diaries • Argentina A Very Long Engagement • France Sideways The Aviator Collateral Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind Finding Neverland Hotel Rwanda Kinsey Million Dollar Baby The Phantom of the Opera Ray The Life and Death of Peter Sellers The Five People You Meet in Heaven Something the Lord Made The Wool Cap Spider-Man 2 The Bourne Supremacy The Incredibles Napoleon Dynamite The Passion of the Christ "Old Habits Die Hard" – Alfie "Accidentally in Love" – Shrek 2 "Believe" – The Polar Express "Ray" "Alfie" "Beyond the Sea" "De-Lovely" "Garden State" Thomas Haden Church – Sideways Jamie Foxx – Collateral Morgan Freeman – Million Dollar Baby Clive Owen – Closer Peter Sarsgaard – Kinsey Virginia Madsen – Sideways Cate Blanchett – The Aviator Laura Linney – Kinsey Natalie Portman – Closer Kate Winslet – Finding Neverland Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor – Sideways Bill Condon – Kinsey Charlie Kaufman – Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind John Logan – The Aviator David Magee – Finding Neverland Freddie Highmore – Finding Neverland Liam Aiken – Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events Cameron Bright – Birth Daniel Radcliffe – Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban William Ullrich – Beyond the Sea Emmy Rossum – The Phantom of the Opera Emily Browning – Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events Dakota Fanning – Man on Fire Lindsay Lohan – Mean Girls Emma Watson – Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban 5 / 8 Sideways: Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Cast, Best Writer 2 / 4 Ray: Best Actor and Best Soundtrack 2 / 6 The Aviator: Best Director and Best Composer 2 / 7 Finding Neverland: Best Family Film and Best Young Actor 1 / 1 Fahrenheit 9/11: Best Documentary Film 1 / 2 Alfie: Best Song 1 / 2 The Phantom of the Opera: Best Young Actress 1 / 2 The Sea Inside: Best Foreign Language Film 1 / 2 Spider-Man 2: Best Popular Film 1 / 3 The Incredibles: Best Animated Film 1 / 4 Million Dollar Baby: Best Actress
Chicago Film Critics Association Awards 2004
The 17th Chicago Film Critics Association Awards, presented in 2005, honored the best in film for 2004. Best Actor: Paul Giamatti - Sideways Best Actress: Imelda Staunton - Vera Drake Best Cinematography: Robert Richardson - The Aviator Christopher Doyle - Ying xiong Best Director: Clint Eastwood - Million Dollar Baby Best Documentary Feature: Fahrenheit 9/11 Best Film: Sideways Best Foreign Language Film: Un long dimanche de fiançailles, France/United States Best Original Score: Howard Shore - The Aviator Best Screenplay: Sideways - Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor Best Supporting Actor: Thomas Haden Church - Sideways Best Supporting Actress: Virginia Madsen - Sideways Most Promising Filmmaker: Zach Braff - Garden State Most Promising Performer: Catalina Sandino Moreno - Maria Full of Grace https://web.archive.org/web/20120515203059/http://www.chicagofilmcritics.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=48&Itemid=58
2004 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards
The 30th Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards, announced on 11 December 2004 by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, honored the best in film for 2004. Best Picture: Sideways Runner-up: Million Dollar Baby Best Director: Alexander Payne – Sideways Runner-up: Martin Scorsese – The Aviator Best Actor: Liam Neeson – Kinsey Runner-up: Paul Giamatti – Sideways Best Actress: Imelda Staunton – Vera Drake Runner-up: Julie Delpy – Before Sunset Best Supporting Actor: Thomas Haden Church – Sideways Runner-up: Morgan Freeman – Million Dollar Baby Best Supporting Actress: Virginia Madsen – Sideways Runner-up: Cate Blanchett – The Aviator and Coffee and Cigarettes Best Screenplay: Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor – Sideways Runner-up: Charlie Kaufman – Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind Best Cinematography: Dion Beebe and Paul Cameron – Collateral Runner-up: Xiaoding Zhao – House of Flying Daggers Best Production Design: Dante Ferretti – The Aviator Runner-up: Huo Tingxiao – House of Flying Daggers Best Music Score: Michael Giacchino – The Incredibles Runner-up: Alexandre Desplat – Birth Best Foreign-Language Film: House of Flying Daggers • China/Hong Kong Runner-up: The Motorcycle Diaries • Argentina Best Documentary/Non-Fiction Film: Born into Brothels Runner-up: Fahrenheit 9/11 Best Animation: The Incredibles The Douglas Edwards Experimental/Independent Film/Video Award: Ken Jacobs – Star Spangled to Death New Generation Award: Joshua Marston and Catalina Sandino Moreno – Maria Full of Grace Career Achievement Award: Jerry Lewis Special Citation: Richard Schickel and Brian Jamieson of Warner Bros. for the reconstruction of Samuel Fuller's The Big Red One.
30th Annual Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards
Sideways is a 2004 American comedy-drama film directed by Alexander Payne and written by Jim Taylor and Payne. A film adaptation of Rex Pickett's novel of the same name, Sideways follows two men in their forties, Miles Raymond, a depressed teacher and unsuccessful writer, Jack Cole, a past-his-prime actor, who take a week-long road trip to Santa Barbara County wine country to celebrate Jack's upcoming wedding. Sandra Oh and Virginia Madsen star; the film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 13, 2004, was released in the United States on October 22, 2004. Sideways won the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, was nominated for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress. Miles Raymond is an unsuccessful writer, a wine aficionado, a divorced, alcoholic middle-aged English teacher living in San Diego, he takes Jack Cole, his soon-to-be-married actor friend and former college roommate, on a road trip through the Santa Ynez Valley wine country.
Though Cole is still recognized on occasion, his acting career appears to have peaked years earlier, when he had a role in a popular TV soap. He now does commercial voice-overs and plans to enter his future father-in-law's successful real estate business. Miles wants to spend the week playing golf and enjoying good food and wine. However, much to Miles' consternation, Jack is on the prowl and wants one last sexual fling before settling into domestic life. In the wine country, the pair visit Miles' favorite restaurant, The Hitching Post II, encounter Maya, a waitress with whom Miles is casually acquainted. Jack senses. Jack lies to Maya that Miles' manuscript has been accepted for publication though it is only being considered. At a tasting in a local winery and Miles meet a wine pourer named Stephanie, acquainted with Maya. Jack is attracted to Stephanie and arranges a double date, having discovered Maya is no longer married. During the date, Miles gets drunk and telephones Vicki, his ex-wife, after learning from Jack that she has remarried.
The two couples go to Stephanie's home. Miles and Maya connect through their mutual interest in wine. Maya says, they leave separately, but not before Miles gives her a copy of his manuscript. Jack's affair with Stephanie continues, to the point, he wants to call off his wedding. After spending a day together and Maya return to her apartment and have sex; the next morning, Miles lets. Disgusted with the men's dishonesty, Maya dumps Miles and tells Stephanie, who and devastated that she's been used, breaks Jack's nose. On finding out his manuscript has been rejected, Miles drinks at a vineyard; when a server cuts him off, he ends up drinking from the spit bucket in the tasting room, creating a scene. That night, Jack hooks up with another waitress named Cammi, who recognizes him from his acting career. Hours Jack shows up at the motel – naked and confessing that Cammi's husband came home while she and Jack were having sex. Jack was forced to flee without his clothes and wallet, he convinces Miles to sneak into the house, where he discovers her husband having sex.
Miles grabs the wallet and runs escaping Cammi's irate husband, who pursues him in the nude. To explain his broken nose to his fiancée, Jack runs Miles' Saab 900 convertible into a tree, giving the appearance they had been in an accident; the pair return to the fiancée's home. Miles meanwhile drives away in his battered car. Following the wedding ceremony, Miles meets her new husband. Learning that she is pregnant, Miles hits rock bottom. Alone, he drinks his prized wine, a 1961 Château Cheval Blanc, from a disposable styrofoam soda cup at a fast-food restaurant. Time passes. One day he receives a voicemail from Maya, who says she enjoyed his manuscript and invites him to visit. Miles is seen knocking on Maya's door. Paul Giamatti as Miles Raymond - A cynical and depressed teacher, trying to get a book published and is now divorced, he is to be the best man at his best friend Jack's wedding and is giving him a road trip as a best man present. Thomas Haden Church as Jack Cole - Miles' self-centered and impulsive best friend.
He is getting married in a week but is hoping to sleep with one new woman before he commits himself eternally to his fiance. Jack doesn't think about the consequences of his actions but he does seem to care about Miles and want to help him out with his problems. Virginia Madsen as Maya Randall Sandra Oh as Stephanie Marylouise Burke as Phyllis Raymond Jessica Hecht as Victoria Stephanie Faracy as Stephanie's mother Missy Doty as Cammi M. C. Gainey as Cammi's husband Alysia Reiner as Christine Erganian Shake Tukhmanyan as Mrs. Erganian Shaun Duke as Mike Erganian Phil Reeves as Vacationing Dr. Walt Hendricks The film drew attention and increased tourism to the Santa Ynez Valley wine-growing region of California's Central Coast. Throughout the film, Miles speaks fondly of the red wine varietal Pinot Noir while denigrating Merlot. Following the film's U. S. release in October 2004, Merlot sales dropped 2% while Pinot Noir sales increased 16% in the Western United States. A similar tre
Cedar Rapids (film)
Cedar Rapids is a 2011 American comedy film directed by Miguel Arteta. The script, written by Phil Johnston, was included on the 2009 Black List, a Hollywood list of the most popular unproduced screenplays of the year. Naive and idealistic insurance agent Tim Lippe welcomes his former teacher into his home, addressing her as Mrs. Vanderhei. After having sex with her, he reminisces about his experiences as her student. In his position as an insurance agent, he is sent to represent his company, Brownstar Insurance, at a regional conference in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, as a replacement for his co-worker, Roger Lemke, who died in an auto-erotic asphyxiation accident. Tim idolized Roger, believing that his death was an unfortunate accident, that he embodied all it was to be a moral Christian, the key criterion used to judge the winner of the coveted "Two Diamonds" award, which Roger had won three years in a row. Tim's boss, pressures him to win again to ensure they keep the company afloat. At the conference, Lippe meets fellow insurance agents Ronald "Ronimal" Wilkes, Dean "Dean-Z" Ziegler, Joan "O-Fox" Ostrowski-Fox.
He meets Bree, a sex worker who works the parking lot in front of the hotel. She affectionately calls him "Butterscotch". Wary of the conference-goers, he spends more time with Ron and Joan, develops genuine friendships, including a crush on Joan. All the insurance agents participate in a scavenger hunt. Tim is paired with Joan, after they win, they become intoxicated with Dean in the hotel swimming pool. Tim and Joan's sexual tension builds to a head and, after making out in the pool, they have sex in Joan's hotel room, they were all seen in the pool by ASMI president Orin Helgesson. The next morning, Tim is guilt-ridden and calls Vanderhei to confess, before asking her to marry him. After explaining she has been sleeping with other people and desires freedom, she suggests to Tim that he take the opportunity to start a new life. Tim returns to Joan, who attempts to comfort him by telling him what Lemke was like: she was his lover but left him after his sexual appetites became too twisted for her, he bribed Helgesson for each one of his awards.
Tim refuses to believe this and leaves Joan's room, accusing her of being a "prostitute" sent to destroy his life. He accidentally lets slip Lemke's bribery; as his friend, Dean swears to not tell anyone. After receiving advice from Dean, Tim goes to Helgesson for his assessment. Tim comes across Bree and accompanies her to a party, where he gets high and inadvertently starts a fight. Ron and Dean show up just in time to rescue him and Bree, who says she is in love with Tim; the night ends as Bill appears at Tim's door to inform him that with the successful acquisition of another Two Diamond award, he has received a generous offer for the company. While Bill formally announces the sale, Tim bursts in, takes over the podium, reveals that his company has unethically acquired the award every year by bribing Helgesson and confesses to doing so himself. Helgesson flees the room, his reputation in tatters, a furious Bill confronts Tim, his revelations having cost Bill the sale of his company. Tim responds by announcing his intention to leave the company and start another with his clients from Brownstar, 17 of which have agreed to stay with him.
Bill dumbfounded. As the four friends say their goodbyes and prepare to see each other next year and Tim are shown happy as friends, Dean invites Ron and Tim to stay at a wealthy friend's cabin in Canada for the summer; the three of them go on to start their own company together called Top Notch, with Joan involved, too. Ed Helms as Tim Lippe John C. Reilly as Dean Ziegler Anne Heche as Joan Ostrowski-Fox Isiah Whitlock Jr. as Ronald Wilkes Stephen Root as Bill Krogstad Kurtwood Smith as Orin Helgesson Alia Shawkat as Bree Thomas Lennon as Roger Lemke Rob Corddry as Gary Mike O'Malley as Mike Pyle Sigourney Weaver as Macy Vanderhei Inga R. Wilson as Gwen Lemke Mike Birbiglia as Trent Seth Morris as Uncle Ken The failure of an Iowa film production tax credit is the reason that the film was shot in Ann Arbor, rather than on location in Cedar Rapids, itself. Michigan provided a 42% tax rebate to movies filmed in specified "core communities" in the state. In the film, Ronald Wilkes is a self-described fan of the television series The Wire and does an impersonation of one of its most popular characters, Omar Little.
Whitlock was involved in the HBO series portraying character Clay Davis, but has said the references to the show were written in before he was cast as Wilkes. Whitlock filmed a separate promotion for the film, where Wilkes is seen in an insurance office reading lines from The Wire. Reviews for Cedar Rapids have been positive. Rotten Tomatoes reports that 86% of critics had given the film a positive review based on reviews from 160 critics and reports a rating average of 6.7 out of 10. The critical "consensus" is: "It's as conventional as its Midwestern setting, but Cedar Rapids boasts a terrific cast and a script that deftly blends R-rated raunch and endearing sweetness". At Metacritic, which assigns a weighted average score out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the film received an average score of 70% based on 38 reviews; as of August 22, 2011, the film grossed a total of $6,861,102 in the US. Cedar Rapids at AllMovie Cedar Rapids at Box Office Mojo Cedar Rapids on IMDb Cedar Rapids at Metacritic Cedar Rapids at Rott
62nd Golden Globe Awards
The 62nd Golden Globe Awards, honoring the best in film and television for 2004, were held on January 16, 2005. The nominations were announced on December 13, 2004. Sideways received the most nominations; the Aviator won the most awards, with 3. Finding Neverland had the most nominations without a single win; these are the nominees for the 62nd Golden Globe Awards. Winners are listed at the top of each list; the following 13 films received multiple nominations: The following 13 series received multiple nominations: The following 4 films received multiple wins: The following 2 series received multiple wins: 77th Academy Awards 25th Golden Raspberry Awards 11th Screen Actors Guild Awards 56th Primetime Emmy Awards 57th Primetime Emmy Awards 58th British Academy Film Awards 59th Tony Awards 2004 in film 2004 in American television
Santa Monica, California
Santa Monica is a beachfront city in western Los Angeles County, United States. Situated on Santa Monica Bay, it is bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles – Pacific Palisades to the north, Brentwood on the northeast, West Los Angeles on the east, Mar Vista on the southeast, Venice on the south; the Census Bureau population for Santa Monica in 2010 was 89,736. Due in part to an agreeable climate, Santa Monica became a famed resort town by the early 20th century; the city has experienced a boom since the late 1980s through the revitalization of its downtown core, significant job growth and increased tourism. The Santa Monica Pier and Pacific Park remain popular destinations. Santa Monica was long inhabited by the Tongva people. Santa Monica was called Kecheek in the Tongva language; the first non-indigenous group to set foot in the area was the party of explorer Gaspar de Portolà, who camped near the present-day intersection of Barrington and Ohio Avenues on August 3, 1769. Named after the Christian saint Monica, there are two different accounts of how the city's name came to be.
One says it was named in honor of the feast day of Saint Monica, but her feast day is May 4. Another version says it was named by Juan Crespí on account of a pair of springs, the Kuruvungna Springs, that were reminiscent of the tears Saint Monica shed over her son's early impiety. In Los Angeles, several battles were fought by the Californios. Following the Mexican–American War, Mexico signed the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, which gave Mexicans and Californios living in state certain unalienable rights. US government sovereignty in California began on February 2, 1848. In the 1870s the Los Angeles and Independence Railroad, connected Santa Monica with Los Angeles, a wharf out into the bay; the first town hall was a modest 1873 brick building a beer hall, now part of the Santa Monica Hostel. It is Santa Monica's oldest extant structure. By 1885, the town's first hotel was the Santa Monica Hotel. Amusement piers became enormously popular in the first decades of the 20th century and the extensive Pacific Electric Railroad brought people to the city's beaches from across the Greater Los Angeles Area.
Around the start of the 20th century, a growing population of Asian Americans lived in and around Santa Monica and Venice. A Japanese fishing village was near the Long Wharf while small numbers of Chinese lived or worked in Santa Monica and Venice; the two ethnic minorities were viewed differently by White Americans who were well-disposed towards the Japanese but condescending towards the Chinese. The Japanese village fishermen were an integral economic part of the Santa Monica Bay community. Donald Wills Douglas, Sr. built a plant in 1922 at Clover Field for the Douglas Aircraft Company. In 1924, four Douglas-built planes took off from Clover Field to attempt the first aerial circumnavigation of the world. Two planes returned after covering 27,553 miles in 175 days, were greeted on their return September 23, 1924, by a crowd of 200,000; the Douglas Company kept facilities in the city until the 1960s. The Great Depression hit Santa Monica deeply. One report gives citywide employment in 1933 of just 1,000.
Hotels and office building owners went bankrupt. In the 1930s, corruption infected Santa Monica; the federal Works Project Administration helped build several buildings, most notably City Hall. The main Post Office and Barnum Hall were among other WPA projects. Douglas's business grew astronomically with the onset of World War II, employing as many as 44,000 people in 1943. To defend against air attack, set designers from the Warner Brothers Studios prepared elaborate camouflage that disguised the factory and airfield; the RAND Corporation began as a project of the Douglas Company in 1945, spun off into an independent think tank on May 14, 1948. RAND acquired a 15-acre campus between the Civic Center and the pier entrance; the completion of the Santa Monica Freeway in 1966 brought the promise of new prosperity, though at the cost of decimating the Pico neighborhood, a leading African American enclave on the Westside. Beach volleyball is believed to have been developed by Duke Kahanamoku in Santa Monica during the 1920s.
The Santa Monica Looff Hippodrome is a National Historic Landmark. It sits on the Santa Monica Pier, built in 1909; the La Monica Ballroom on the pier was once the largest ballroom in the US and the source for many New Year's Eve national network broadcasts. The Santa Monica Civic Auditorium was an important music venue for several decades and hosted the Academy Awards in the 1960s. McCabe's Guitar Shop is a leading acoustic performance space as well as retail outlet. Bergamot Station is a city-owned art gallery compound; the city is home to the California Heritage Museum and the Angels Attic dollhouse and toy museum. The New West Symphony is the resident orchestra of Barnum Hall, they are resident orchestra of the Oxnard Performing Arts Center and the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza. Santa Monica has three main shopping districts: Montana Avenue on the north side, the Downtown District in the city's core, Main Street on the south end; each has personality. Montana Avenue is a stretch of luxury boutique stores and small offices that features more upscale shopping.
The Main Street district offers an eclectic mix of clothing and other specialty retail. The Downtown District is the home of the Third Street Promenade, a major outdoor pedestrian-on